The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday re-registered Mumbai police’s First Information Report (FIR) pertaining to the June 2011 murder there of senior crime journalist Jyoti Dey, to conduct fresh probe in the case in which deported gangster Chhota Rajan is a wanted accused.
The CBI’s takeover of the four-year old case makes it the first of the 71-odd cases allegedly involving Rajan that were handed over to it by the Maharashtra government after the gangster’s deportation from Bali, Indonesia on November six. “The FIR registered by the Mumbai police had not named Chhota Rajan, so the CBI FIR also does not name him as per the rules,” said CBI spokesperson RK Gaur.
Gaur said, “However, Rajan was named among the two absconding accused in the case when the Mumbai police had submitted its charge sheet in a local court,” he said.
Rajan’s name could be included when the CBI would submit its charge sheet in the case if his role gets established in the crime.
The murder of Dey, who was then with a Mumbai tabloid as its crime -and -investigation editor, was among the most high-profile cases in which Rajan’s role was suspected.
The case was earlier registered by Mumbai’s Powai police on June 11, 2011, after Dey was shot dead by bike-borne assailants who had shadowed his movements allegedly at Rajan’s behest. The shooters had fired around five rounds at Dey.
The Mumbai police filed a charge sheet in the case subsequently against 10 accused persons on December 3, 2011 and named two absconding ‘wanted accused’. It later filed a supplementary charge sheet against a city-based female crime reporter Jigna Vora.
Those named in the Mumbai police’s charge sheet included R Thangappan Joseph alias Satish Kalya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Vinod Asrani, Paulson Joseph and Deepak Sisodia under sections of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.